I gave a small Spring Brunch last Saturday and thought I'd share some of the fun I had planning it. I have to say, I love the "marinating" process of planning and execution of an event. I enjoy having people in my home and feeding them!
Here's the menu...
Here's the recipe for the strata
1 pound breakfast sausage of your choice
3-4 cups shredded hashbrowns
1 cup shredded, sharp cheddar
1 can mushrooms
¾ teaspoons dry mustard
3 cups of milk, divided
1 cup of cottage cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
Spread hashbrowns in a greased 9X13 pan. Fry and drain sausage and layer over hashbrowns. Drain mushrooms and layer over sausage. Combine eggs, mustard, 2-1/2 cups of milk, and cottage cheese. Pour over sausage mixture and sprinkle cheese over everything. Refrigerate overnight. Mix soup with ½ cup of milk and pour over the top of casserole just before baking. Bake at 325o for 1-1/2 hours.
The yogurt parfaits started with granola on the bottom, Noosa Honey Yogurt, topped with strawberries and blueberries, and garnished with a mint leaf and a honey wafer.
I'm not ashamed to say, I purchased the strudel from a very accomplished baker and was not disappointed--it was delicious.
The lemon loaf began with a cake mix. Here's that recipe...
1 box of lemon cake mix
4.3 ounce instant lemon pudding mix
½ cup applesauce (in place of oil)
4 large eggs
½ cup milk
8 ounces sour cream
the juice of half of a large lemon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 2 loaf pans with cooking spray.
Place all cake ingredients into mixing bowl and beat until well combined. Divide batter between the two loaf pans and spread evenly. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before removing from pans.
For glaze, zest & squeeze the juice of the other half of a large lemon and add powdered sugar to taste. Score the top of each loaf or prick it with a fork and pour glaze over each loaf. Let set till the glaze soaks into the loaves.
The bird's nest were super-simple. They consist of 2 cups of butterscotch chips combined with 1 cup of peanut butter melted. Add chow mein noodles and shape into nests. I then added Jordan almonds to mimic eggs and added a marshmallow bird (Peeps).
Here is one of the place settings...
The keep Spring in mind, each guest was invited to take a pansy home.
Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed the party. Let me know if you try a recipe or two.
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